Joshua Legallienne

Joshua Legallienne

Joshua Legallienne (b. 1985) is a British-born artist exploring sustainable and unconventional approaches to acoustic sound production within an artistic context. Through sculpture, installation, and performance, the artist stages intimate experiences that explore the relationships between sound, physical materials, and environmental phenomena. Legallienne’s work is regularly exhibited and performed in the UK and internationally; operating primarily outside of a traditional gallery context. Their work is unmediated, mostly undocumented, and in line with this the artist has no website or online presence.

Artist Location: Brighton, UK


soundpedro 2021 participation: N/A

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2021:
Zero-Material Performance
Zero-Material Performance is a phenomenological exploration of listening and sound creation using only the human body. The work is focused on the physical sensations of the wind on the face, specifically the resonances that can be created and perceived when the relationships between the wind and the ears are explored. Movements are explored in real-time, the ears act as both the receiver and creator of sound. The work is not performed by the artist but text instructions are given to willing participants in order for them to enact in a suitable location at any point in the future. The piece belongs to a collection of works that offer rich and diverse sonic experiences for everyday people and situations. Enacting the piece is an intimate and subjective experience, highlighting the beauty that listening as a practice can offer – even when conventional materials or methodologies for creating sound are absent. Zero-Material Performance takes the concept of immateriality to its logical end point: a sound work that exists only in the moment in which it is performed.

The work is exhibited as a stack of printed cards. Visitors are encouraged to take copies away with them to perform the piece. The stack can be placed wherever deemed suitable.

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